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Meet Our Staff

Mrs O’GaraHeadteacherMrs O’Gara wanted to be a teacher since childhood and began teaching at Archibald Primary School in 1992. Mrs O’Gara has worked at Nunthorpe Primary Academy since 1996.  She first started as English Leader, which is still her favourite subject area, and has worked her way up to Head Teacher.  She has been Head Teacher since 2011.  In March 2017 she was very proud when the school team achieved an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted grade. She has trained as an Ofsted school inspector and carried out inspections.

Mrs O’Gara loves to spend time with her family, usually watching her children- or Boro- play football and enjoying the outdoors.  She loves swimming and is keen on keeping fit.
Mr SalterDeputy Head Teacher / Science TeacherMr Salter has been at Nunthorpe since he qualified in 2007, working his way up to Deputy Head Teacher. He now teaches Science throughout school and is the KS2 leader, overseeing teaching, learning and assessment and is the Teaching and Learning Leader for out Trust. Previously he has led geography, computing and maths. He taught in Y6 for 10 years.

Out of school he enjoys time with his family, running, supporting Leeds United and building his model railway. He previously served as a Royal Marines Commando and magistrate.
Mrs LeasonAssistant Head TeacherMrs Leason has been at Nunthorpe Primary since 2003 and has worked her way up to becoming Assistant Head Teacher.  She is the SENDCo and the KS1 leader. Outside of school, Mrs Leason enjoys swimming and spending quality time with her family and friends. She especially loves being with her two young children who keep her very busy!
Mrs DentSchool Business ManagerMrs Dent is the School Business Manager who has been at Nunthorpe Primary since 2021.  She is responsible for managing the budget and the smooth running of the school.  Her role is diverse and includes dealing with matters of Health and Safety, repairs and data management. When at home, Mrs Dent loves to spend time with her family and pets. She enjoys lots of long walks with Peggy the Pug. Mrs Dent dedicates her spare time to arts and crafts projects, a particular favourite is creating toys that encourage imaginative play for children during story time.

Teaching Staff

Miss TopliffeNursery TeacherMiss Topliffe has worked in Early Years since starting her teaching career in 2011. She loves working with children in the earliest stages of their school lives and enjoys thinking of creative ways for children to learn new skills. Outside of school, Miss Topliffe enjoys spending time with family and friends. She has lots of fun with her little girl, going on adventures, dancing, singing and taking her dog for walks.

Miss TrippNursery TeacherMiss Tripp has been teaching for over 14 years, both in England and abroad. Throughout her time teaching she has taught in every year group from Nursery up to year six. Outside of school Miss Tripp is interested in reading, music and spending time with her friends and family. She follows most sports, especially football and is a keen scuba diver. 

Miss CloseReception TeacherMiss Close has been teaching for over 20 years and she has a lot of experience in KS1 and Foundation Stage. She took two years out mid-way through her career to travel and spent a lot of time in Asia and Africa. She currently teaches in FS1 at Nunthorpe and visits lots of other schools in the afternoon to teach Yoga Bugs. Outside of school Miss Close loves adult yoga, clubbercise and cycling with her bike club.

Miss FollanEYFS Leader / Reception Teacher Miss Follan has taught here at Nunthorpe Primary since September 2000. She leads the EYFS team. She loves supporting children to become strong, independent learners by creating a quality and challenging learning environment for them. Out of school Miss Follan enjoys spending time with friends and family going for long walks in the countryside. She tries to keep fit by running but also loves visiting new restaurants in our local area whenever she can! 

Mrs Leason
Year One Teacher
Mrs Leason has been at Nunthorpe Primary since 2003 and has worked her way up to becoming Assistant Head Teacher.  She is the SENDCo and the KS1 leader. Outside of school, Mrs Leason enjoys swimming and spending quality time with her family and friends. She especially loves being with her two young children who keep her very busy!

Miss CornforthYear Two TeacherMiss Cornforth has been at Nunthorpe since 2013. She enjoys every aspect of the curriculum, enhancing learning and increasing outdoor learning whenever possible! Miss Cornforth is the PE leader and enjoys seeing children compete for Team Nunthorpe in individual and team competitions throughout the school year. Also, Miss Cornforth helps run the School Council through developing ideas of our Student Voice. Outside of school, Miss Cornforth plays and coaches netball. She also enjoys travelling, spending time with family and friends and helping out on her Dad’s organic dairy farm. 

Miss LeighYear Three TeacherMiss Leigh began working at Nunthorpe in 2017 as a teaching assistant. Alongside this, she studied for a degree and then went on to complete teacher training. She is enthusiastic about teaching every part of the curriculum, with fun, engaging activities and challenges to inspire children to love learning. Outside of school, Miss Leigh enjoys being active, especially walking her dogs on the beach near where she lives. She also loves travelling and spending time with her family and friends. 

Miss HarrisonYear Four TeacherMiss Harrison joined us in September 2020 after training with us. She’s an enthusiastic teacher who loves to think of creative and innovative activities and challenges to motivate pupils in all aspects of the curriculum. Outside of school she loves spending time outdoors, going on long dog walks and staying active. Alongside this, she loves going on holidays, spending quality time her family and friends and going out for food.             

Miss LewinYear Five TeacherMiss Lewin is the Year 5 class teacher and is the subject leader for computing and MFL. In addition to this, Miss Lewin enjoys every aspect of the curriculum, especially the creative subjects such as writing, art, music, drama and dance. Outside of school, Miss Lewin enjoys keeping active by running and going to the gym. Alongside this, she loves to travel around the world during holiday time and spend quality time with family, friends and her dogs.

Mrs SturmanYear Six TeacherMrs Sturman is the Year 6 class teacher and is the subject leader for History and Geography.  In addition to this, Mrs Sturman is also the coach for our school Lego League Team.  She has taught in Key Stage two throughout her teaching career.  In her spare time, Mrs Sturman enjoys reading and running. 


Teaching Assistants

Mrs McGinleyTAMrs McGinley works within Key Stage 2 and is the Teaching Assistant in Year 4 who always has a smile for everyone.  She enjoys cookery and bakes excellent cakes for all the staff!  She enjoys football and is a big Middlesbrough supporter. Mrs McGinley also loves spending time with her family.
Mrs NicholsonTAMrs Nicholson joined the team at Nunthorpe in 2010 after a previous spell as a volunteer; she currently supports Key stage 2. Outside of school she has a keen interest in baking as well as arts and crafts. She enjoys socialising with family and friends, particularly visiting different campsites when she has the opportunity.
Mrs SheffieldTA / Extended SchoolMrs Sheffield worked in care for over 20 years before joining Nunthorpe as Stay and Play lead. During this time, she has qualified as a Level 3 Teaching Assistant. She has worked in Year 2 and Year 1, as well as being Breakfast Club Lead. Mrs Sheffield enjoys art, teaching phonics and going on residential trips. In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors and walking her dogs with her family.
Mrs PearsonTA / ELSA SupportMrs Pearson has been a Teaching Assistant at Nunthorpe Primary since 2008 and is now our ‘TA voice’ representing all of our TAs. She works mainly in Year 6 and teaches maths and phonics to groups of pupils. She is our Emotional Literacy Support Assistant, working with children across the whole school. Mrs Pearson enjoys all aspects of the outdoors and really enjoys going on the Y6 residential trips.
Mrs HillTA / Extended SchoolMrs Hill has worked at Nunthorpe Primary for many years, she began as Deputy in our stay and play provision and in recent years she has become a teaching assistant. She works in EYFS & Key Stage 1. Outside of school she enjoys swimming, walking her dog and spending time with her family.
Mrs BloggTAMrs Blogg has worked as a Teaching Assistant in Early Years at Nunthorpe Primary since 2012. She has supported lots of different children in their learning including pupils with special needs. Mrs Blogg loves to make learning fun for our youngest learners in Nursery by ensuring they are always active, engaged and learning new skills. Outside of school she enjoys spending time with her 2 boys and family and fits in piloxing classes when she can.
Mrs MyersTAMrs Myers joined as a volunteer in 2015/16, she trained as a teaching assistant and qualified in September 2018.  Mrs Myers works in EYFS. In her spare time Mrs Myers enjoys spending time with her daughter who is a keen dancer.  She is now learning to be creative in making dance costumes!! Mrs Myers also enjoys baking cakes and home cooking. 
Miss BriggsTAMiss Briggs works within our Key Stage 1.
Mrs HarbisherTAMrs Harbisher joined joined the team at Nunthorpe in September 2021. She works in Key Stage 2.
Miss RadmoreTAMiss Radmore finished her Childhood and Youth Studies degree in 2018 and began working for Nunthorpe Primary in 2021 as a 1-1 support assistant. She currently works in KS1 but supports in other classrooms throughout EYFS and KS2 too. She is hoping to begin her teacher training in 2023 to become a qualified teacher. She enjoys walking her dog and socialising with friends and family. 

Non Teaching Staff

Mrs SaundersSchool AdministratorMrs Saunders joined Nunthorpe in March 2015 as School Administrator. She has worked within an education environment for over 20 years. Out of school Mrs Saunders enjoys spending quality time with her two children, husband and her family. Please feel free to pop into the office to see her if there is anything you need help with.
Mrs WestSchool ClerkMrs West joined Nunthorpe in 2002 as the school clerk. Mrs West is available every morning to help parents with anything from attendance to changing your child’s meal choices.  In her spare time Mrs West enjoys playing walking-football and spending time with her two dogs and family. She is always happy to help.
Mrs MasonExtended School / Lunch Supervisor –
Mrs BruceExtended School / Lunch Supervisor
Miss CornfieldExtended School / Lunch Supervisor
Mrs LincolnLunch Supervisor
Miss BaileyLunch Supervisor
Mrs GreenLunch Supervisor
Mr DentSite Manager / Caretaker –
Mrs HollandCleaner –
Miss RoseCleaner
Miss CassidyCleaner / Lunch Supervisor
Mr SinclairCleaner

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